One of the requirements of owning a domain (legally, that is) is that you must give your contact details when registering that domain, so that ICANN (anyone interested in getting it) has this information available in case of any problems. In that sense, ICANN and Internet regulations require that your name, address, email, and phone number be accessible 24/7 to anybody who wants to see them just by looking up your domain.

This rule was created to make it easy to contact a domain owner in case of problems, way before the days of identity theft and spambots, so it abused and exploited by spammers and marketers to bother people. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere. This also opens up the door for identity theft and before you know it, your credit card is charged with $6000 from a cell-phone purchase made in China.  Others complications arise when those who want to harass a domain owner (disgruntled customers, hackers and the like)

But fear not. You have the power to change this. With a private domain registration, registering a domain name doesn’t mean sacrificing your privacy by giving up personal details and contact information. Your personal information such as name, address, and phone numbers will be changed to a private and generic contact listing to protect you against telemarketers or spammers. It will also shield your home address from strangers.

While registrars offering private domain options charge for this service, it’s often a very small amount and you’ll be able to keep your private information the way it is supposed to be, private.

One of the requirements of owning a domain (legally, that is) is that you must give your contact details when registering that domain, so that ICANN (anyone interested in getting it) has this information available in case of any problems. In that sense, ICANN and Internet regulations require that your name, address, email, and phone number be accessible 24/7 to anybody who wants to see them just by looking up your domain.

This rule was created to make it easy to contact a domain owner in case of problems, way before the days of identity theft and spambots, so it abused and exploited by spammers and marketers to bother people. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere. This also opens up the door for identity theft and before you know it, your credit card is charged with $6000 from a cell-purchase made in China.  Others complications arise when those who want to harass a domain owner (disgruntled customers, hackers and the like)

But fear not. You have the power to change this. With a private domain registration, registering a domain name doesn’t mean sacrificing your privacy by giving up personal details and contact information. Your personal information such as name, address, and phone numbers will be changed to a private and generic contact listing to protect you against telemarketers or spammers. It will also shield your home address from strangers.

While registrars offering private domain options charge for this service, it’s often a very small amount and you’ll be able to keep your private information the way it is supposed to be, private.